James J. Gozzo, Ph.D., President of Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, announced on March 25 that U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont will be the commencement speaker at the first graduation ceremony of the school’s Colchester Campus. The ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 19 at 1 p.m. at the Champlain Valley Exposition.
“As the longest serving member of the Senate, Sen. Leahy has dedicated much of his life to public service and helping improve the lives of countless people,” said President Gozzo. “It is an honor to have a person of his stature as the speaker for the first commencement ceremony of our Vermont Campus. I have no doubt that his remarks will serve as an inspiration for not only our graduating class, but for all of those in attendance.”
“With the historic passage of the Affordable Care Act, millions of Americans who were uninsured or underinsured are gaining access to health care,” said the Senator elected in 1974. “As more people seek out vital health care services for themselves and their families, there is a corresponding need to increase the number of pharmacists and other health care professionals. Schools such as Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences will help ensure that we have enough well-trained professionals to meet the health care needs of all Americans, today and into the future.”